Blauwburgwal – Amsterdam’s Shortest Canal

Blauwburgwal is Amsterdam shortest canal, no more than 100 meters in length and connects the two innermost canals, Singel and Herengracht. It’s no more than a 15 minute walk from central station, so perfect if you want to see some sites whilst waiting for a connection. How old are the buildings on Blauwburgwal? ​ Some […]

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Portuguese Synagogue Amsterdam

Portuguese Synagogue Amsterdam

The Portuguese Israeli Synagogue is a late 17th-century Sephardic synagogue in Amsterdam. It is also known as the Esnoga which is the Ladino word for synagogue. The construction of the synagogue was completed in 1675.   In January 2012 Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described this as “one of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever seen.”

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Lady sitting on window ledge of Canal house at Herengracht 35 Amsterdam with Neck Gable

Neck Gables

Neck-gables (Halsgevels) 1638-1780 The neck gable has a facade with both sides forming an angle of 90 degrees. The external corners of neck gables are filled with decorative sandstone jaw pieces. The facade often features a shell motif and a decorative cartouche. Most neck gable facades are constructed entirely from brick although some were made entirely […]

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Entrepotdok Spout Gables

Spout Gables

Spout Gables (Tuitgevels) 1620-1720 The spout gable resembles an inverted funnel. The rectangular block on top resembles the funnel’s spout, hence the name spout gable. This gable design was used by merchants to signify warehousing and trade, rather than a residential property. This gable design was used by merchants to signify warehousing and trade, rather […]

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Step Gable on Cafe Kobalt in Amsterdam

Step Gables

Step Gable (Trapgevel) 1600-1665 In the 17th century, the step gable was very common in the Old Centre of Amsterdam. This style is characterised by a series of steps on each side rising to meet in the centre. This steps were often topped with white sandstone blocks. Cafe Papeneiland Some examples of the step gable […]

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Canal House with step gable on the corner of Prinsengracht and Brouwersgracht

Canal House Gables

Many of Amsterdam’s older buildings have decorative gables at the top. The canal house gables have come in a variety of style and give an insight into the history of the building. A gable is the section of wall between the edges of a dual-pitched roof. They are visible on the tall elegant canal houses […]

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